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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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3,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,450
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 117
Gots: 532 | FT: 3
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of colforbin73
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is an IMPOSSIBLE beer to rate. it is somehow so weird. and when a beer is just weird a word like "Average" has no place.
this is in no way an AVERAGE BEER. but thank gods i did not buy a six and just this one bottle. FLYING DOG is a quality brew house, so this beer is well made, but there is a medicinal quality that is undesirable. the alcohol is the only thing saving this beer.

THE BROS used a lot of appropriate words in their review:

"Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast ... Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor."

this is why i like this site! ^ yes, yes it is an aspirin flavor! i never would have made that connection. but it is right and true.

pours a very good light amber with a good foam. the smell hints at thyme and a sort of sickly sweetness. i find the drink a little chalky, soapy even. i do not get any solid malt flavor -- it is dry and the hops provide solid bitterness but it all happens on a bad platform.

i don't know if this beer is a near miss or a belly flop. EITHER WAY, this does not diminish Flying Dog in my eyes -- they made a weird beer. but they made it well;>

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a crystal clear amber with a decent amount of white head. It's one of the clearest beers I've seen. There's no lacing.

The first smell that came to mind reminded me of those old school chalky candy cigarettes. The hops are floral and herbal, with a light trace of citrus.

Taste has a big floral profile to me, again with a trace of citrus. It cuts to a phenolic yeasty spice. These work together ok for me, but it finishes with a medicinal-like aspirin that I'm not digging.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Good carbonation.

I liked most of what this beer had to offer except for the aftertaste. I just can't get past that. It's a good beer, but not at the $14+/six pack price point.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: very night amber brown with robust head and good carb action; more clear than cloudy; very nice lacing
S: very pleasant, sweet, dominated by hops
T: bitter, earthy; hops flavor dominates over a Belgian-style substrate; heavy alcohol content apparent

If you dislike the idea of combining a belgian and an IPA this is NOT the beer for you. I hated it the first time I tried it. Now, my fifth or sixth, combination has grown on me.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head but no lacing.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a good spicy belgian yeast flavor. The sweetnesa is a bit too much but the mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall it's quite good.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very clear. nice amberish copper color. thin head retention.

smells like hops but very malty too.

very malty upfront. caramel malt flavor. slightly sweet at times. then quickly becoming nothing but hops. big hop flavor. lingering hop bitterness.

medium body. round flavor. crisp finish, but not so crisp as to clear the hop bitterness.

alcohol is high enough that it warms the belly.

i would recommend this to anyone who likes hops. very well balanced between the malts and the hops for an ipa.

Photo of kstoltz
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, found at my local supermarket. Definitely need to check out the brewery which is about 30 minutes away from my house.

A: Pours a brownish red with a nice head and good lacing.

S: A nice spiced aroma with a bit of lemon to it.

T: Wow. Hoppy but not to the point of bitterness. Probably the perfect balance for my palate. Just a touch of sweetness to it, cut by the astringency of the hops.

M: Great carbonation to this, but not overly so.

O: The ABV keeps it from being a session beer....but dang, it's tough not to keep knocking this one back. Probably the most drinkable IPA that I've gotten a hold of recently.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1/3 pint served in Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. First glass from the new tap. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: About one finger of head fades soonish, leaving only a white canopy over a deeply-coloured orange beer. Translucent, but murky.

S: Fresh, funky, and yeasty, with a grassy (hoppy?) undertone.

T: Hugely spicy, freshly twangy, and imminently interesting. Lots of yeast, reminiscent of a tripel, that is both tasty and pleasant. The aftertaste is vaguely dry and lingering.

M: Drying, scintillating, and smackworthy.

O: I like Raging Bitch and it's even better on-tap. Definitely recommended. Will be looking for it on-tap again.

Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roaring out of the bottle, you can immediately smell the sweet Belgian malt, but wait. There’s something else there. Why it is the strong (almost cannibis) aroma of high alpha American hops barking sharp orders to your palate. The two are a match made in bitchdom. The initial swig shows sharp resiny hops on the sides and back on the tongue, but the candi sugar character slowly melds with that character and settles into a finish that is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Fruity yeast esters a long earthy bitter finish round this one out. Complex, yet refreshing, this one hides its 8% attitude well.

Photo of alee42
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish, amber hue; a little on the lighter side of Red Ale. A very stick lacing on the insides of the pint glass. It smells of a fruity mix, but I can pick out the smell of tangerine on the hops. The spiciness of the hops is rather smoothed-out, different from many IPA styles - the bitterness isn't as profound here. Rich in malt flavors, the traces of yeast are covered very well. Very happy with this beer, runs true to its reviews, and would definitely drink again.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess there are really TWO Belgian-IPA styles.
One is the more assertively C-hopped Belgian Golden Ale.
The other is an American IPA recipe fermented with one of thosekinky Belgian yeast strains.

This is the latter.

Appearance: poured comfortably from a chilled bottle into a standard wine glass the ale is mildly amber and tops with a froth head. Nice pacing. Head holds up after settling from pour, remain a constant feature until finish. A picture-perfect beer.

Aroma: crisp Belgian action. I smell it as tart, mild banana notes, Christmas spice, then some lemon and grapefruit. Interest combination. Malt finally protrudes with some sweet and slightly toasted notes. Very inviting, but clearly a lot is going on.

Flavor: Sweet. But that's only a background feature, granted a staple of every sip. Kinky, wild, untamed phenols bite through, forcing you to acknowledge Belgian yeast CAN stand up to American hops. They carry over the tongue and leave a puckering feeling on the side of the mouth.
Juicy citrus hops soon take over and you really wanna pucker. There are more aggressive IPA's, but this one can hang. Prickly battering hops then takeover. As this beer drinks the bitterness becomes more forward and the other features mellow/mute each other.
Minor alcohol warming in the finish.

Man, oh man, she has got a bite! But its a very satisfying beer and definitely interesting.

Mothfeel: nice and lean.... really that's where these two styles meet. I like a big beer, but I can't know I'm drinking a big beer. Alcohol should be muted, malts should be of premium quality and kept in balance, and the beer should finish DRY. RAGING BITCH pulls that off.
It's lean, crisp and balanced. Sure, the hops and phenols are all over the place, and there's Crystal and Toasted malt to be detected, but the body of the beer holds on responsibly.
The way this beer drinks makes it a success, otherwise the hopping and yeast profile would've been in vain.

Conclusion: Got dayum, a prickly beer. This one might be catalogued in the "Love it-or-Hate it" category. Personally I loved it, as did the guys I drank it with, but none felt we could drink more than one except if really in the mood.

It's like HEDONISM resort, a kinky trip to the tropics. Most will say they prefer the other Belgian-IPA format, a Belgian Strong Pale Ales with C-hops: Pyrat and Houston Chouffe come to mind. But I think that's because they're attempting something more subtle and can be all hoity-toity, as opposed to an IN YO' JOKA' FACE brew from yet-another American Micro-brewery.

Give this one a try! While a bit crude, and definitely from deep in left field Flying Dog is onto big things with this one!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really nice. Brighter and clearer than most IPAs. This is my first Belgian-style one. Great lacing.

Smell: Excellent. Combination of floral hops and dark fruit. A bit lemony. Sort of reminds me of a combo American and English IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant combination of floral hops with vague fruity malt. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit unbalanced for the flavors. Too thin for this beer.

Drinkability: Very good summer IPA.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. An aggressive pour into a snifter got me a finger of head that dwindled rather quickly. It held on to the sides for a thicker ring than I normally get out of beer. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout consumption. The body is a pleasant looking dark amber.

S. The IPA out-muscles the Belgian in the nose. I mostly get citrus hops with a touch of floral aromas, but you get just a hint of Belgian yeast if you really look for it.

T. Taste is much more complex than the aroma suggested. It starts off Belgian: Yeast, hints of dark fruit, a good spiciness, then dives into the IPA with a bit of malt than a bitter hop finish. This partnership of flavors really excited my palate, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. The bitter on the end really builds if you drink it relatively quickly.

Photo of Phocion
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Small foamy head that quickly dissolves into a thin buy frosty layer with excellent lacing. Copper-colored with a ton of bubbles racing to the surface.

Aroma is initially of northwestern citric hops. This is quickly followed by a strong dose of fruity Belgian yeast. If you really dig deep down, just a bit of bready maltiness pokes through.

Flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to expect. Instead of hops or sweet yeasts, the first thing I noticed was a somewhat phenolic spicy/clove flavor. This is quickly followed by a typical American-style pale ale hops profile, and the delicious Belgian yeasts I was so much anticipating are completely overpowered.

Decent carbonation and body, with a very silky mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not particularly impressed. The first whiff of this thing was amazing, but by the time I actually stopped smelling and drank it, I was sorely disappointed. This has potential -- an American IPA with Belgian yeasts, but the end result was just nothing special.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper color, and was lievly and foamy, with a good two finger head. First smell was of the Belgian Yeast, almost instantly followed by a lovely citurs hop presence. In addition, it smells slightly herbal, like it has a touch of Rosemary. Taste was also herbal, and starngely a combination of hoppy citurs mixed deeply with the Belgian yeast slightly musty tastes. What I'm tryint to say, as an IPA lover and a Belgian lover, is that the taste is, wow, almost perfect for me. It has everything I love about beer all in one bottle.
Mouthfeel? Euphoric. Can't wait to buy more of this stuff, and am left wondering how thisd escaped me for so long...

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color. Clear.
S: Triple-like yeast. Western citrusy hops.
T: Candi sugar sweetness. Astringent hops.
M: medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky texture from sugar fermentation.
O: Surprisingly drinkable and balanced. Nothing exceptional in complexity, but balanced.

Photo of jifigz
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: A hazy orange with a huge head that is typical of Belgians.

S: It smells like a Belgian had sex with an American IPA.

T: It tastes like a Belgian had sex with an American IPA. The sweetness is present in the beginning giving way to a rather bitter finish. A nice taste overall.

M: Creamy and delicious like most Belgians.

O: This beer is pretty tasty and I wouldn't mind getting another bottle to try.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting bottle design by Flying Dog.
The beer pours a beautiful amber gold and is clear with a tan head building about two fingers high. It sticks around for a while.
The smell is quite fruity and also let's you feel the hops.
Tasting the beer , you will be enjoying some banana, peach and honey up front. In the middle this flavors will be joint by malty notes, and brown sugar, while towards the end the great selection of hops balances and finishes this beautifully crafted IPA. Great beer, must taste.

Photo of jmich24
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip

S: Sweet, slightly funky. Some citrus and spiciness, herbal and cloves.
A: Dark golden orange. Big two finger head. Nice lacing and head retention.
T: Tastes as smell suggests. Spicy, peppery clove. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finishes slightly bitter.
M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Finishes very wet.
O: This just didn't seem to be an IPA to me, Belgian or not. Not very bitter. Very spicy, rye like qualities(not sure if it brewed with rye) Very nice easy drinking Belgian beer.

Photo of soulgrowl
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed brassy amber with an ivory head. Good retention. Very fruity, like applesauce and pear juice with hints of overripe banana and a bit of peach. There's also something distantly spirituous, like good vodka or perhaps limoncello. There's a strawberry and chopped cucumber note in there that reminds me of Pimm's as well. A good mouthful develops big sweetness cut off by a quick, sharp bitterness of hops and booze. Quinine and bitter lemon, musty yeast, grapefruit rind, baked apple, and burnt orange dominate, fading into a green banana and lemon peel finish. Not bad! Almost exactly what you'd hope for in a Belgian-American hybrid.

Photo of philerman
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a bunch of times randomly, bought a sixer at a buy-rite in ebf NJ (the road that goes from the Turnpike to Freehold if you must know). This is probably the most drinkable over 7% beer I've ever had.

A: It's generally golden. The sixer was all drank from the bottle.

S: Piney as other have noted, but also a bit of a sweet note.

T: More into the dubble/trippel/quad on Belgian beers, I can say this tastes "Belgian". No wheat notes like say Allagash White or Hoegaarden or even Blue Moon/Shock Top, but it does the trick, right?!?

M: Erm...it goes down as easily as budmillercoorsbusch lite. That's prob. all you need to know.

O: As of 7ish p.m. on the Saturday of Mem Day weekend, I have a new favorite (easy-to-find?) American Beer. Way to go Dogs.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a chalice.

It smells a little different with the belgian mixing with the hoppiness of the IPA. The smell is interesting, but I wasn't wowed by the nose.

I had decent head on the beer, but high carbonation typically found in belgians does not stay. And the head disappeared too quickly to make for any lacing.

The belgian flavors and the hops are fighting on my pallate. There doesn't seem to be any balance, and there is a lot of bitterness coming out of the hops. I wouldn't say that this is a very pleasant flavor.

The name and label are, again, the best draw with this brand.

I support the Brewery's use of the word bitch. If you are old enough to buy beer, then you should have the maturity to be okay with the word: "Bitch." Obviously, Texas and Michigan lack the ability to see the ability to see the forest for the trees. You should google this issue to understand more.

Photo of BottleOfPills
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is good, overall a tanish hue, that when poured in a glass left less than a 1 finger head. Not dark but not urine colored either (unless your really taking your vitamins or have some ailment lol)

Smell is sweet and tangy, and the all important taste - is a bitch, raging bitch. This is actually my sixth beer out of the a six pack over a week or two. First I didn't really care much for it, but overall it's grown on me. STill a little too hoppy for me to call good, but I'm not a fan of that flavor.

You can tell it's got a bit of higher AC around 8.3% I think, but not some of the other attributes that come with other beers.

Mouthfull is good, a little crisp and a little creamy if that makes any sense.

Overall, I'd buy more when I'm in the mood to drink a flavorful beer and one that may impede me pounding several more. You know when you've when on a date and you know she's going to be bitch, and you got to drink but are worried about the drive home.

Photo of danmcg62
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice golden amber color with a solid finger width head.

S-Very mild hop aroma. Very mild citrus, almost soapy smell. Not much else.

T-The taste is very subdued. Extremely mild hop character, mild citrus taste (lemon and grapefruit come to mind).

M-Creamy and smooth. Extremely drinkable. Can't tell it is 8%+ ABV.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Wasn't too blown away by it. The drinkability saves this one for me.

Photo of therica
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= huge off-white tan head, staying for a considerable time. Light-amber. Plentiful lacing all the way down, all the time.

S= Initial nose-- PINE. MORE PINE. And did I mention PINE?!? Hard to find much else in the nose. Then some interesting wildflower scents. It greatly reminds me of our huge beds of chocolate mint and spearmint, combined. Weird. After it sets for a few minutes a sort of liquor scent comes through. And then it grows in scents to the point of hyperventilating -- very nice.

T= PINE. Very IBU-bitter, some nice caramelized malts in there. After it warms a bit, the malts become somewhat more evident but still dominated by the pine bitters.

M= lingering hops bitters, some slightly chewy malts finally making their way through. But the piney hops bitters seem to grow for some time on the tongue.

O= a very decent West-Coast hops styled IPA. Not sure where the "Belgian" enters in. Great for the hop-heads. Nice for an IPA high.

Photo of 6thomas3
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: My first offering from Flying Dog

Appearance - Subtle pastel tan hue with quickly dissipating carbonation bubbles and sea foam white head that runs away in an excitable fashion leaving lean lacing on the side of my glass; when shaking and held against illumination minuet carbonation bubbles swirl in a tornadic fashion dispersing only after a few moments

Smell - Alcohol and wheat first grab my attention with elusive earthy and floral notes exacerbated by droplets of spice (perhaps orange and lemon peel)

Taste - Salty bitterness engulfed by a mixture of wheat and spice tackled my tongue in a uniform burst leading to a hidden residual sweetness and onslaught of hops

Mouthfeel - Mouthcoating is a bit strange with the bitter saltiness jousting with wheat and spice ending in a peculiar dryness

Overall - I can tell this beer is 8.3% ABV, just wish I could have distinguished a bit more of the complexity I think this style has to offer

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,450 ratings.